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Daily Archives: 2018-04-09

OPERATION COLDSTORE: Fake news for honourable purpose?

by Law Kim Hwee In a more reflective interviews nearing 87 years old, late Lee Kuan Yew said in 2010: "In any case, it is not these reporters or the obituaries they may write that will offer the final verdict on his actions, he said, but future scholars who will study them in the context of their day. 'I’m not saying that everything …

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How small investments can improve your marriage without breaking your bank

by ValuePenguin There are many reasons why marriages fall apart. For example, infidelity or drifting apart are known to be the top 2 reasons for divorce, according to a study cited by Harvard Business School. While these sound like reasonable reasons, you might be surprised to learn that "disagreements about housework" is the 3rd reason why people get divorced, accounting for 25% of …

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Track fault along EWL on Monday morning

Commuters along the East-West Line experienced disruptions in their rides this Monday morning (9 Apr) due to a track fault which occurred for about three hours from around 7am to 10:18am. The delay was first tweeted at 7:11am by L Yang who complained on the 5 minuter train intervals and packed trains: @SMRT_Singapore When you put your peak hour trains …

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SIFA 2018 unveils the full line-up for its film programme – Singular Screens

Singapore International Festival of Arts 2018 (SIFA 2018) unveils the international line-up of 13 exceptional new films in the programme Singular Screens — one Asian premiere and 12 Singapore premieres. Curated by Asian Film Archive,  SIFA 2018 invites film and arts lovers to embark on cinematic adventures that celebrate independent voices across the world and power of the individual. “This collaboration with Asian …

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ST Forum: HDB flat as an investment for old age is no longer valid

On Tuesday (3 Apr), the Straits Times published a letter sent in by writer Ronnie Lim, who reported that many seniors who wanted to downgrade to studio apartments were “in a fix as they are unable to sell their old flats”. "The notion that owning a Housing Board flat is an investment for old age is no longer valid today," …

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Pritam Singh announced as new Secretary-General for Workers’ Party

Mr Pritam Singh, 42, was announced as the new Secretary-General for Workers' Party after holdings its biennal party conference on Sunday afternoon (8 April)  to elect a new leader for the first time in 17 years. Ms Sylvia Lim Swee Lin, 53, was also voted as the party Chief. Workers’ Party (WP)’s Secretary-General and Chairman positions elected unopposed. Mr Low Thia …

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Medical inflation: 2.4 or 9.6%? Is Singapore the most expensive in Asia after adjusting for purchasing power parity?

I refer to the article “S’pore ranked No. 4 for medical inflation” (Straits Times, Apr 8). The ST article states that “Earlier this year, the MOH said Singapore’s average annual healthcare inflation rate was 2.4 per cent between 2011 and 2016." Indeed, Minister of State for Health Chee Hong Tat had stated in the Parliament that the average annual healthcare inflation …

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Health Minister promises to keep healthcare costs down, but medical inflation set to rise faster than region

by Kwok Fangjie In a survey conducted by Manulife in 2014, 71% of middle-class to affluent Singaporeans were concerned about deteriorating health in their old age. The same survey showed that on average, Singaporeans expect to spend 13% of their retirement income on medical bills and 55% of those surveyed had worries over “unaffordable” healthcare costs. Report: Singapore’s medicals costs set …

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